Monday, January 15, 2018

Chaos in Manhattan

Traffic lights of a large city simultaneously in green, massive chain clashes ... Something more than two years ago, New York could have suffered the takeover of the transit system by a terrorist group, it didn´t happen but it was evident how simple it was to do it. Someone demonstrated the ease with which they could access the traffic automation systems that are being installed these days in the largest cities in the world.

Today at CIGTR we want to give voice to that someone, César Cerrudo, the creator of the chaos in Manhattan that June 3, 2014. Currently CTO of IOActive Labs, famous for his research in ICS / SCADA, Smart Cities, IoT and software security. Currently César could be considered one of the most important professional hackers in the world, and although many still link the term "hacker" with not very clean actions, in reality this term doesn´t allude more than the fact of having extensive knowledge in the network and the programing.

Friday, January 12, 2018

"Humor" festival at the beginning of the year

The best of the week in cybersecurity

If it were not for serious issues, many weeks you could think that cybersecurity is a festival of cheap humor if you look back to see what has been in the news for the last days. Something halfway between a hard joke and a tasteless experience, where you find improbable flaws, things with political sarcasm, patches that create problems where there were none, and European laws that beyond Europe even half of the affected don't know. Fortunately, in the meantime, there are who take things seriously and remind us that the security of our data and our information is something crucial for everyone, every day.

If you have not heard of Meltdown and Spectre in recent weeks, lucky you are in your disconnected paradisiacal island. For all the others, these two have been the scariest names of the digital experience, because they told us that nobody was safe. Except from AMD, where they said since the first hour that their microprocessors were secure, but... party was quickly off for the users and customers of the company. During the weekend, the same Microsoft patch that restored peace of mind to users with Intel devices, left the AMDs frozen at the launching of the operating system.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The doctor's disease

In Spain, where this Research Center is based, we are on the rainy season. And we already know that the rainy season it´s time of virus. Viruses and bacteria proliferate in rainy weather due to humidity and heat so, in addition to having to coexist with this uncomfortable, but necessary, atmospheric phenomenon, we have to protect ourselves so as not to catch a virus that spoils the game.

In the world of cybersecurity, bacteria also grow, and they don´t differentiate between doctor and patient. The healthcare sector is suffering and we have to think about a drug to cure it. In the study of the week we bring the results of the research carried out by Cryptonite. During 2017 healthcare has suffered a total of 140 data breach events reported to HHS / OCR as hacking actions, which represent an increase of 23.89% over the 113 hacking attacks reported in 2016.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Your daily routine

Nowadays, we leave our footprints everywhere we go. Every time we pay with credit card, every public transport we take and every minute we’re using social media, we’re setting breadcrumbs that define our way and daily routine. This definition of our routines, apart of being an unwanted social control, this can warn when the routines are broken and something suspicious happens.    

This week we want to talk about Sanjay Aurora, managing director, APAC, for Darktrace and an expert on the benefits of companies’ routines. Sanjay used to work for Oracle, Autonomy and OpenText. His career makes him a specialist on cybersecurity based on AI. We are going to discover the truth of Darktrace’s success in the market and the nature of its technology. 

Friday, January 5, 2018

What are your resolutions?

New year, new purposes. In most cases, these budgets require an expense that will be reduced from another side, so we could say that the reorganization of our budget will be another of our purposes for this year. In companies the same thing happens, when facing a new year the priorities change. From CIGTR, we hope that security is incorporated into your list of priorities (if it´s not already) and we leave you a summary of weekly news that can help you to relocate expenses and investments.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Over and out

Good communication is one of the basic pillars in a company and although it seems simple, many times, it´s difficult to achieve. There are studies that claim that a large percentage of business problems are the result of poor communication. Despite the new technologies and the arrival of IoT devices to most companies, as the level of connectivity between the members of the organization increases, the attack surface is also bigger.

According to the latest edition of EY's "Global Information Security Survey," most security leaders feel they are more at risk today than they were 12 months ago. It is estimated that the global cost of cybersecurity infractions will reach 6 trillion dollars in 2021, taking into account this fact it might seem that communication is one of the minor concerns of a company, but many of the current problems in the world of Cybersecurity is due to the stagnation of information in some of the points of the chain of command.